Newseum in Washington, D.C.

555 Pennsylvania Ave.,Washington, DC 20001
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Overview

Focusing on the five freedoms of the First Amendment and free expression, the Newseum is considered one of the most interactive museums in the world. Covering everything from the birth of the radio to the Berlin Wall, this Washington DC museum is educational, intriguing, and bold. With 7 levels of hands-on, engaging exhibits, 15 galleries, and 15 theaters, the Newseum is a DC “must see.”

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • This museum focuses on freedom of expression and the 5 freedoms of the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.)
  • Closed New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Located between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on historic Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Parking is available onsite at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. Hourly rates apply.

Description

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The Newseum, headquartered in Washington, D.C., promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

Since opening in 2008, more than 7 million have visited its modern building located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the United States Capitol and the White House. The Newseum’s seven levels of interactive exhibits include 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Among the most memorable exhibits are the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, featuring the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center; the Berlin Wall Gallery, whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest pieces of the original wall outside Germany; and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942.

Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum experience also traces the evolution of electronic communication from the birth of radio, to the technologies of the present and the future.

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amadar
Brisbane, Australia
"Don’t miss this museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2019 NEW
Great museum, highly recommend! You need a min of 2-3 hours could easily do a whole day! Buy on line and receive a discount no need to print the tickets the lady at the reception scanned the emails on our phone. Also the ticket allows you to come back the second day if you didn’t get it all in on the first day.
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Micaela M
Annapolis, Maryland
"Better than expected"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
Despite the cheesy name, the Newseum is full of fascinating exhibits. It is broader than just a museum about news media, this is really a place to learn about recent history, from Civil Rights to the Berlin Wall. The ticket price may seem steep, given all the free museums nearby, but a ticket is good for two days, and you will get a lot of bang for your buck. I particularly appreciated the exhibits on prize winning photos, that really allowed you to connect with people around the world and everything they’ve been through. Fully wheelchair accessible.
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Franklinmacd
Charlottetown, Canada
"Very interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
Our organization rented out the entire museum for our conference function so we spent the evening there. At first I thought it would be boring but in fact it was very interesting. They have 6 floors of exhibits and on the top floor you can walk out on their terrace and see some wonderful views of the city. There is a large selection of artifacts from some of the most famous news stories in the 20th century. Items like slabs of the Berlin wall, one of the radio towers from the world trade center and John dillengers bullet proof vest. Their 911 section is very moving and the FBI display is truly intriguing. When you have seen it all you will have a greater appreciation for the reporters who risk their lives to keep us informed and to keep those in the news accountable.
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djdulac
Walnut Creek, California
"SIX HOURS OF THOUGHTFUL WANDERING THRU HISTORY"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
I love this museum! The exhibits change periodically but, still, wandering throughout the several floors, I find something that required a closer look. The September 11th exhibit brought me to tears, the walls of headlines recalled the heartbreak and terror. The Civil rights exhibit was oddly split into two sections, the Vietnam War exhibit was weird and not my favorite. The coffee shop, by the way, is awesome and much needed since I spent almost six hours in the Newseum!
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june_p_0610
Los Angeles, California
"A Must SEE "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
Came to see the Smithsonian but due to the government shutdown that was off our to do list. Fortunately, that allowed more time to explore more of DC. I was impressed to find out that Newseum receives more than 800 electronic files of newspaper front pages from around the world daily. Newseum helps increase the public’s understanding of free press and First Amendment. It took us two days to explore all of Newseum. Do yourself a favor and go!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Newseum

Where is the museum located?
The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave.., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001.

What are the hours of operation?
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Hours are subject to change.

Is this museum appropriate for all ages?
Yes. In addition, children under the age of 6 can enter the museum for free.

How long does it take to tour the museum?
Touring the Newseum takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on your group and your particular interests.

Is there an orientation film?
Yes. We recommend that all groups begin their tour with a four-minute orientation film that explains the Newseum’s numerous exhibits, galleries, and programs.

Where is the closest Metro rail stop?
The Archives/Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station on the Green and Yellow Lines is approximately two blocks away. The Gallery Place and Judiciary Square stations on the Red Line are approximately four and two blocks away, respectively.

Are wheelchairs available?
Yes. A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids are available on a first come, first-served basis.

Can I take pictures while at the museum?
Flash photography is allowed in most areas of the Newseum, except where it is expressly prohibited. Please consult with staff and signage for details.

Does the museum have a place to eat or purchase food?
Yes. The Food Section, located on the Concourse Level, offers a full selection of hot and cold entrée options. The restaurant seats approximately 150. Since food and drinks are not allowed inside the exhibit areas, no outside food or bag lunches are allowed.

Does the museum have a gift shop?
Yes.

What parking options are available at the museum?
The Newseum offers safe and affordable parking inside our building at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. The garage is open 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Mon. – Sat. and 9:00 am – 11:00 pm on Sun. Rates are $10 for the first hour and $20 for over one hour, up to a full day. All day on weekends there will be a flat rate of $15. Entrance to the Newseum parking garage is on C Street.